keeping talent on board
much of a department chair's emotional energy goes toward hiring and retaining our fine faculty and staff. today i read a simple piece on maintaining a vibrant workplace in my accountant's li'l email newsletter. usually the articles don't seem relevant to my work, but this one might fit academic shops especially well.
Here are seven smart workplace characteristics that can keep top employees satisfied:
An entrepreneurial environment. Talented employees are motivated by the opportunity to be part of an actively growing company where they can make a difference.
A relaxed dress code. Many companies of all sizes have discovered that their employees are more relaxed — and therefore more efficient — in casual garb.
Diverse responsibilities. A workplace where employees are continually challenged is ideal for recruitment and retention.
Teamwork. The feeling of being part of a team develops motivated, satisfied employees who feel a stronger connection to their colleagues.
Flexible schedules. By accommodating employees’ personal commitments, companies establish an environment that is focused on good performance, rather than a "punch-the-clock” mentality.
Feedback and communication. A talented employee thrives on making an impact, so he or she is usually bursting with ideas and feedback. This is a strength, not an annoyance. Take advantage of it.
Mentors and coaches. Mentoring and coaching is not the same as managing and supervising. The difference lies in useful interaction between new and veteran staff members.
hey, we can and should do all that! where is the dress code more relaxed than in a sociology department? plus, our responsibilities seem rather diverse and we're intellectual entrepreneurs at heart. as in any organization, i suppose, academic departments must cultivate a collegial and creative intellectual environment if they want to keep good people.